Daily Zohar # 3804 – Vayeshev – The potion of immortality
125. וְכָל הַדְּבָרִים מְתֻקָּנִים יוֹתֵר מִכְּמוֹ שֶׁהָיוּ בָּרִאשׁוֹנָה, שֶׁהֲרֵי כָּל אוֹתָם הַדְּבָרִים שֶׁהוּא לֹא יָכֹל לְהַשִּׂיג אוֹתָם כָּרָאוּי וְהוּא הִשְׁתַּדֵּל בָּהֶם וְלֹא נִדְבַּק בָּהֶם – כֻּלָּם נִכְנָסִים לְמֵעָיו מְתֻקָּנִים וְהַתּוֹרָה תְּדַבֵּר בּוֹ. זֶהוּ שֶׁכָּתוּב וַהֲקִיצוֹתָ הִיא תְשִׂיחֶךָ. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אָמַר, כְּמוֹ זֶה כָּל מִי שֶׁמִּשְׁתַּדֵּל בַּתּוֹרָה בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה, זוֹכֶה לְהִשְׁתַּדֵּל בָּהּ לָעוֹלָם הַבָּא, וְהִנֵּה נִתְבָּאֵר.
126. בֹּא רְאֵה, אוֹתוֹ הָאִישׁ שֶׁלֹּא זוֹכֶה לְהִשְׁתַּדֵּל בָּעוֹלָם הַזֶּה בַּתּוֹרָה וְהוּא הוֹלֵךְ בַּחֲשֵׁכָה, כְּשֶׁיּוֹצֵא מִן הָעוֹלָם הַזֶּה, נוֹטְלִים אוֹתוֹ וּמַכְנִיסִים אוֹתוֹ לַגֵּיהִנֹּם לַמָּקוֹם הַתַּחְתּוֹן, שֶׁלֹּא יִהְיֶה מְרַחֵם עָלָיו, שֶׁנִּקְרָא בּוֹר שָׁאוֹן טִיט הַיָּוֵן, כְּמוֹ שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (תהלים מ) וַיַּעֲלֵנִי מִבּוֹר שָׁאוֹן מִטִּיט הַיָּוֵן וַיָּקֶם עַל סֶלַע רַגְלָי כּוֹנֵן אֲשׁוּרָי.
Continued from previous DZ
Rabbi Elazar explains that “She will talk” means that the Torah studies before death, would be remembered when they resurrected from the dust to life. All the studies they had before passing away from the world are preserved and would be restored in them as before. It won’t be gradual like a developing thought but all at once as something that spreads in the whole body and becomes part of them.
When they come back, all studies are clearer than they were before the death. Every subject one makes efforts to understand and couldn’t before death are now clearer in his mind, and the Torah speaks through him as it is said “And when you awake, she (the Torah) will talk”.
Rabbi Yehuda says that as explained before, those who made efforts to study the Torah in this world would have merits to study it in the world to come.
A person that walks in darkness and doesn’t have the merit to study the Torah in this world, when he passes away from this world, he is taken to Gehennam to a place without the aspect of mercy. This place is called “pit of despair”,” pit of muddy clay”, as we read in Psalm 40:3
“וַיַּעֲלֵנִי מִבּוֹר שָׁאוֹן מִטִּיט הַיָּוֵן וַיָּקֶם עַל סֶלַע רַגְלַי כּוֹנֵן אֲשֻׁרָי.”
“He also brought me up out of a pit of despair Out of the muddy clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps.”
The study of the Torah is the most valuable thing we can do in this world. It benefits us in this world and in the world to come. Every effort that we make toward studying and understanding the Torah would be greatly rewarded. Whatever we read and study creates vessels that even if we don’t understand it at this time, would be filled with Light at the time of the Resurrection as explained above.
We should never give up on our studies even if it is hard to understand because when the time comes every moment of the Torah we gain in this world would shine bright in our souls.
As we grow older, we lose the energy of life. When we look at the mirror we see the impact of age on us and understand more and more the fragile and temporary state of life in this world.
The Torah is considered water of life, and the best potion to increase the force of immortality for our souls is the Torah.
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